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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 658   ABV: 21.92%
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The name says it all! This unique brew comes in officially at 21.92% abv. This was accomplished by the use of 3 different strains of yeast and a lot of TLC. Technically an ale, but this monster has complex flavors and aromas that suggests characteristics of mead and fruit wines. Be sure to sample Colossus at several different temperatures including heated. That’s right!...heat it up to about 105’F for yet another unique experience of flavors and aromas! 2006 is the swing top bottle and 2011 is the 22 oz. bottle.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Dark amber in color from the sides and lighter, more clear in color from the top, it has a bubbly white head and almost looks like a double IPA. A strong ale aroma, with moderate hops and a sweet, smoky? Caramelly malt backing. There’s something dusty about this... makes it different, but good! Flavor is delicious! You really can’t tell this has such a high ABV. Really smooth in the mouth... sweet, bright, leaves a sticky sweetness on the lips. Almost like this has evaporated a bit - you can taste it. Sticks to the tongue and dominates the finish with a sweet alcohol. Sweet and so good. Amazing that something this strong tastes so sweet and easy. I’m totally licking my lips. This beer is deceivingly potent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Pours a hazy rich mahogany color. Little to no head with this pour. Smell is sweet with some brown sugar and some hops. Taste is very sweet. Alcohol is masked very well. Like a sugar cube is in my beer! Still impressed they masked the 22 percent of alcohol. Nice work duclaw.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1140) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Poured a very hazy reddish color with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, fruit, brown sugar and honey. Taste is very sweet and sugary. Slightly resin flavors and cotton candy. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Some yeasty notes make this taste slightly belgian. Overall it is very flavorful, and the alcohol is well hidden, but maybe a little too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
I was a little underwhelmed having this almost immedialtely after utopias. Still pour. Sweet honey on the nose. Hot and sweet. One the verge of being cloying

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
651mL sampled @Pre-Sex 2011. The pour was a clear, flat, viscous amber leaving some okay legs only the tulip. Aroma of candied orange, heavy honey sweetness, paper oxidation, vanilla. Taste is wickedly sweet, almost mead like honey dominated. Cinnamon and spice tries to balance what comes across as a mead with almost no body. I was surprised to find no spicy, warming alcohol but I was not expecting the main fermentable to be honey to get the abv up to 22%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Tasted at Pre-Sex. Pours a soft copper orange with a wispy tan head. Really rich nose with a warming alcohol and lots of spice, brown sugar, and candied fruit. Flavor is rich and fruity with a warming alcoholic character and notes of spice and toffee. Palate is full and coating with a nice warm finish. Me gusta

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Omg boozy, wow, sweet and alcohol, 22% and I taste every sip, crazy stuff. Ghanks to the random friend that provided this tick.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Pours clear light crimson with thin cream head that quickly fades. Nose of green apple, caramel and cinnamon.. Taste of apple pie, creme brulee, bananas foster and desert wine. Sweet finish, leaving a stickiness to the lips.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewersspot (97) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
I had this beer a while back and from what I can remember I enjoyed it. I’ve had this at the pub/brewery so it was fresh. Nothing special about it is popping into my head at the moment.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Via trade with Acole34. The nose is a blast of fruit, alcohol, honey. Like an amped up barley wine. The appearance is deep maber, translucent, almost non-existent white head. The flavor is unrelentingly sweet, apples, cherries, maple syrup, alcohol (take a few seconds to come in), some cinnamon. Awesome thick, syrupy mouthfeel. It’s a bit like cough syrup. In some ways, it reminds me of the phoenix kriek. Finish is sweet cherry, resiny hops, spices (like coriander, pepper). I wouldn’t drink this all the time, but I really enjoyed this. Thanks, Angus. Update: Heated to about 105 degrees. The booze really comes out in the aroma now!!! Also, some tart cherry in there. The appearance is the same. The mouthfeel is about the same. The flavor is a tad more tart than sweet, unlike before. Still fairly sweet, lots of cherries. The finish is much more resiny hop bitter, than the lingering sweetness of before. This is akin to the Unibroue Quelque Chose. My recommendation, drink this cold. This beer REALLY grows on you, BTW.


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